Hawaii is 1500 miles wide and listed as the widest state, but Alaska is 2400 miles wide. Isnu2019t 2400 miles greater than 1500 miles? What gives?

Takayama Map

If you examine this map of the full island chain of Hawaii, it shows Hawaiu2018i island to Kure atoll to measure approximately 1,800 miles.

,Time Magazine claims, u201cFrom east to west, Hawaii is the widest U.

S.

state, measuring 1,500 miles from the island of Niihau to the island of Hawaii.

u201d,Wikipedia claims that Hawaii state extends u201c1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) from the island of Hawaiu02bbi in the south to northernmost Kure Atoll.

u201d,Now, take a look at Alaska.

From this map, it shows the state to extend approximately 2,475 miles from East to West.

,Fly Alaska claims, u201cEast to West, it [Alaska state] is 2,700 miles wide.

u201d,The State of Alaska claims, u201cEast to west, 2,400 miles.

u201dEven if you examine a satellite image where both states are visible, it is not strikingly obvious which one is wider, as the Hawaiian islands trail off into near invisibility.

,However, it leaves no question as to which one is larger, and isnu2019t that what really counts? (Except for that claim that shows up on Google search.

),Obviously, a boo-boo or two has been made in calculations.

Hida Takayama

I have just finished my 14 days trip in Jalan and visiting Takayama was one of my best decisions in the trip.

The city is serene, clean and packed with beatiful tiny buildings.

Go there during autumn or winter to experience its wonderful street festivals.

Taste the delicious Hida beef, visit the old town area and temples, and pther area surrounding Takayama such as Shirakawa-go, Shinjotaka, etc.

,Cons: the meals price is little bit pricey compared to bigger town like Kyoto or Osaka.

Takayama old town

Try Takayama and the nearby (well 1 hour bus ride nearby) Shirakawago,Takayama is a city in the Hida region in Gifu Prefecture.

Its around 3-4 hours away by a combination of Tokaido Shinkansen/bullet train and Hida Wide View Limited express train from Tokyo or Osaka or Kyoto, or 2 and a half hours away from Nagoya.

,Hida beef at Ajikura Tengoku The Hida region is known for their Hida Beef, a variety of beef that some say is much better than their Kobe wagyu .

Other delicious local food are Takayama Ramen and the beef sushi.

,Mikoshi at Takayama Festival - picture taken from JNTO website Takayama hosts a festival, Takayama Festival that is held twice a year, in spring and autumn.

Both festivals have similar attractions and schedules which are:,Displays of festival floats,Karakuri performance u2013 some of the floats feature mechanical dolls called karakuri ningyo (u304bu3089u304fu308au4ebau5f62) that can move and dance.

,Mikoshi procession u2013 portable shrines or mikoshi are carried around town,Evening festivals,Takayama old town in winterTakayama old town is really nice to explore.

It has many old homes, shops, coffee houses and sake breweries.

,Takayama is relatively close to the Historic Village of Shirakawago.

A lot of people will take the train to Takayama and continue by bus to Shirakawago.

,Shirakawago is known for their Gasshozukuri style houses commonly found in the Hida region of Gifu prefecture.

Itu2019s called a Gassho as the thatched roofs resembles two hands in a prayer.

Its designed to handle the immense weight and shedding of snow as the region is known for its heavy snowfall.

,If you have 2 or 3 days to spend, you should definitely visit Takayama and Shirakawago.

,note:,Pictures are taken by me unless explicitly stated otherwise

Takayama Ryokan

I went to Japan with my now-wife over Christmas of 2001.

We went to Takayama, Kyoto and Tokyo.

,Takayama was beautiful, snowy, and peaceful.

Stay at a ryokan, try out a hot spring.

Eat everything, its all delicious.

Get a self-cooking dinner and eat it on the train.

The trip up into the mountains is a lovely, winding climb into the snow.

Takayama has an abundance of shrines and quiet streets to wander down.

,Kyoto has a lot of history, and can be walked.

The subway was nice for getting to/from the train station.

We used a book called Old Kyoto (http://www.

amazon.

com/Old-Kyoto-Updated-Traditional-Restaurants/dp/4770029942) and had a great time shopping in broom, paper and candy stores that had been in business for over a hundred years.

,Tokyo is massive, the only thing I can say is to spend the extra money for a good located hotel.

Theres always something to see.

,Photos from our trip:,http://www.

flickr.

com/photos/jeffk/sets/72157600691214613/with/743205322/

Kanazawa to Takayama

I would say to pick one of those.

,Kanazawa would be a hell of a longcutu2014I donu2019t know how long it takes to get from Kyoto to there, but from Kanazawa to Tokyo is about 3 hours.

But, on the other hand, itu2019s one of the most tourist-friendly places in all of Japan.

I actually think itu2019s better to visit than Kyoto, because itu2019s a little less crowded, but the infrastructure of the tourist-friendly bus routes and the guide people who speak English at the station is still there.

Actually most people in Kanazawa speak English.

And accommodation there is often a lot cheaper than Kyoto.

Also, all of the things you want to do in Kanazawa are very easily accessible by bus.

Itu2019s a beautiful city, and worth the longcut.

,The Kiso Valley would be nice for a day.

Iu2019ve been meaning to check it out for a couple of years.

Spend the day hiking.

You wonu2019t regret it.

,Iu2019ve seen Lake Shirakawa, but I donu2019t remember what was there that would be a draw.

And I donu2019t know anything about Takayama OTOH.

,But if you have the time and money, definitely spend a couple days in Kanazawa, or a day in the Kiso Valley.

Takayama Festival

Try Takayama and the nearby (well 1 hour bus ride nearby) Shirakawago,Takayama is a city in the Hida region in Gifu Prefecture.

Its around 3-4 hours away by a combination of Tokaido Shinkansen/bullet train and Hida Wide View Limited express train from Tokyo or Osaka or Kyoto, or 2 and a half hours away from Nagoya.

,Hida beef at Ajikura Tengoku The Hida region is known for their Hida Beef, a variety of beef that some say is much better than their Kobe wagyu .

Other delicious local food are Takayama Ramen and the beef sushi.

,Mikoshi at Takayama Festival - picture taken from JNTO website Takayama hosts a festival, Takayama Festival that is held twice a year, in spring and autumn.

Both festivals have similar attractions and schedules which are:,Displays of festival floats,Karakuri performance u2013 some of the floats feature mechanical dolls called karakuri ningyo (u304bu3089u304fu308au4ebau5f62) that can move and dance.

,Mikoshi procession u2013 portable shrines or mikoshi are carried around town,Evening festivals,Takayama old town in winterTakayama old town is really nice to explore.

It has many old homes, shops, coffee houses and sake breweries.

,Takayama is relatively close to the Historic Village of Shirakawago.

A lot of people will take the train to Takayama and continue by bus to Shirakawago.

,Shirakawago is known for their Gasshozukuri style houses commonly found in the Hida region of Gifu prefecture.

Itu2019s called a Gassho as the thatched roofs resembles two hands in a prayer.

Its designed to handle the immense weight and shedding of snow as the region is known for its heavy snowfall.

,If you have 2 or 3 days to spend, you should definitely visit Takayama and Shirakawago.

,note:,Pictures are taken by me unless explicitly stated otherwise